21 Feb Venturing Into a New View with Picture Windows
Have you ever felt the unique humor and pain involved in running into a spotless sliding glass door? (We know we have. Don’t worry.)
It’s easy to make that mistake. After all, with abundant volumes of sunlight flowing through, a sharp view of the other side, and the general sense of openness that feels both wide and welcoming, of course, you wouldn’t think twice about the clear picture provided by the glass door.
But what if we told you that you could enjoy that same bright ambiance… without the embarrassing physical consequences?
Introducing: the picture window.
Getting the Bigger Picture
A picture window is designed to provide you with exactly what the name implies: a beautiful image of your outdoor space, both wide and picturesque in nature.
With no frames crossing over the glass, you’ll find your overall view is left unobstructed and expansive. What’s more, picture windows are ideal for homeowners with vaulted ceilings who are looking for broader window coverage, thereby enhancing their overall space with natural light.
Picture windows are also low-maintenance, fixed, and “inoperable,” meaning they do not open as other traditional windows do.
They do, however, come installed with a full-perimeter seal that keeps the heat and moisture out.
High Performance in the Heat
Lauded for their ability to optimize a home’s energy efficiency, picture windows are also an ideal choice for those individuals who want to lower their energy consumption (and bill). This is because this style of window features a low U-factor.
“Windows that have the best resistance to heat flow and, thus, the best insulating qualities, have a low U-factor,” according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
What’s more, the window’s solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is also best kept low, preferably around a rating of .30 or lower; this is especially important for mixed Southern climates that require both heating and cooling throughout the year.
And Renewal By Andersen® picture windows? Well, according to Energy Star, they offer the best of both:
- U-Factor rating: 0.16–0.17
- SHGC rating: 0.20–0.30
Superior Solutions for Your Surroundings
One of the best features of picture windows are their overall versatility. While they may not open like other windows, they do pair well with other windows, meaning you can effectively frame the picture window with another window style of your choice, such as:
- Bay windows
- Casement windows
- Sliding windows
- Double hung windows
- And more
In other words, you never have to sacrifice the functionality or beauty of your home just for one type of style.
What’s more, when you choose to install a replacement window with Renewal By Andersen® of Florida, you can feel confident in the longevity of your window thanks to our superior technology, including High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass, Fibrex® frames, expert installation, and more!
So, why wait to reap the benefits of the bigger picture (window)? If you’re ready to upgrade or replace your windows, it’s time to contact our team! Learn more today or schedule your FREE consultation by calling (855) 830-2420.